How to help prevent your blog’s images being pinned on Pinterest

Posted on February 20, 2012

While I recently wrote about Pinterest, and how well it can drive traffic to your blog (I included examples of one blogger who saw 100,000 extra page views in a month, while another got around 43,000 in a day), not everyone wants their blog’s images added to the site.

This could be true for many people, including bloggers who’ve created illustrations, photos and graphics and want to try and avoid having their copyrighted work shared across the internet.

Pinterest states on its Terms Of Use page:

You agree not to do any of the following: Post, upload, publish, submit, provide access to or transmit any Content that: (i) infringes, misappropriates or violates a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy

However, it’s not hard to guess that these terms may be ignored by some users on occasions! In response to this, Pinterest have recently announced on their blog that they’ve created small piece of code that can be added to the head of your blog:

<meta name="pinterest" content="nopin" />

Then if anyone tries to use the “Pin it” button while on your blog, they’ll be greeted with the following message:

“This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!”

For further info, check out the Pinterest help page.

While it won’t stop anyone from saving your image to their computer and manually uploading it to Pinterest, it’s a start, and a friendly way to communicate that you’d prefer they didn’t. If you need to report copyright infringement issues to Pinterest, you can do so by following the instructions on their Copyright page.

Are you on Pinterest? Find and follow iFabbo here.

Not on Pinterest yet? Leave a comment below letting us know, using the e-mail address you’d like a Pinterest invite sent to, and the iFabbo team will send you one!

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